Food Ingredients, Health & Nutrition

Higher folic acid intake is required in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy

Bakers back folic acid move by Government

By Michelle Perrett

Bakery manufacturers have welcomed the Government's decision to make it mandatory for folic acid to be added to non-wholemeal wheat flour across the UK to help prevent life-threatening spinal conditions in babies.

Pictured: Blue Aurora founder Rachel Templeton

Reducing waste and beating COVID at Blue Aurora

By Gwen Ridler

Rachel Templeton, founder of blueberry wine producer Blue Aurora, spoke with Food Manufacture about reducing food waste and finding success despite the COVID-19 pandemic in this exclusive podcast.

TMI is to add 'clean' smoked bacon to its repertoire through its partnership with Besmoke

TMI Foods reveals smoked bacon project

By Gwen Ridler

Fully cooked crispy and back bacon supplier TMI Foods has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Besmoke to deliver clean and natural smoked products into its portfolio.

Euronext maize costs dipped in July

Ingredients for Success

Ingredients for success: grain costs and coating trends

By Rod Addy

European maize prices dip, while wheat costs stay high - plus savoury coating trends, innovation for healthier protein bars and plant-based solutions for hybrid products all feature in our August Ingredients for success.

Meatless Farm, Nim's Fruit Crisps and Verdino Foods were just some of the recent plant-based launches

Plant-based new product development round-up

By Gwen Ridler

From meat-free chicken burgers to air-dried ingredients, ‘World first’ confectionery launches to vegan friendly brioche buns, we cover the latest in plant-based new product development from food manufacturers.

Buttriss: 'The overall package of nutrients needs to be centre stage'

Nutrition opinion

Nutrition a vital consideration in food system transformation

By Judy Buttriss

Amid concerns about the urgency of tackling climate change and the environmental impact of food systems, the fundamental importance of food as a source of nutrition and a means to good health is sometimes overlooked.

Olam International announced plans to float its shares on the London Stock Exchange

Olam LSE listing ‘vote of confidence’ for UK food

By Gwen Ridler

Olam International’s plans to list on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) would provide a significant boost for the food and drink sector and provide a vote of confidence for investors, according to Oghma Partners.

Reinders: 'a company registering a single product under Novel Food guidelines would need to invest between €350,000-€500,000'

CBD opinion

Hemp food firm wants quality marks, not Novel Food approval

By Mark Reinders

Driving CBD food producers down the Novel Foods route is unnecessary and expensive, argues Mark Reinders, HempFlax boss and former president of the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) in this opinion piece.

Bakery & confectionery trends: good for shoppers and the planet

Digital feature: bakery & confectionery ingredients

Bakery & confectionery trends: good for shoppers and the planet

By Michelle Perrett

The advent of COVID-19 in the UK sparked a major shift in the outlook of consumers: home baking surged and issues such as health and sustainability assumed greater importance.

Generation Z are calling for change to how they access healthy food

Gen Z demand radical change from the food sector

By Gwen Ridler

Generation Z-ers from across Europe have called for radical change from the food sector, demanding that how they access, consumer and learn about healthy food should be overhauled.

Dimbleby: 'We must now seize the moment to build a better food system for our children and grandchildren'

National Food Strategy Part 2: sugar and salt tax plans

By Rod Addy

The National Food Strategy Part 2 has been published, revealing proposals for a sugar and salt tax on all processed products, except ingredients for home cooking, and on foods sold through foodservice channels.

New research into slowly digested starch could help tackle obesity

Slow release energy project secures second year of support

By Gwen Ridler

A PepsiCo and Quadram Institute-led project developing foods that slowly release energy to help battle obesity has been granted a second year of support by the European institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT).

Beneo says producers want more versatility to finely tune the organoleptic characteristics of meat-free products

Plant-based: flexitarians fuel innovation on flavours

By Jerome Smail

Plant-based eating is now well and truly mainstream, and with many major food manufacturers investing significantly in their meat-free product ranges, it’s easier than ever for consumers to get onboard.

The pay dispute at British Sugar has sparked a ballot for strike action by Unite members

Unite threatens strike action at British Sugar

By Gwen Ridler

Industrial action has been threatened across British Sugar’s factories in the east of England, after members of worker union Unite rejected a ‘not so sweet’ pay offer from the manufacturer.

Left to right: Erik Vesløv, senior director, Technology and Process, Arla Foods Ingredients and Chris McAlinden, group operations director, Dale Farm

Dale Farm enters infant formula market in Arla Foods deal

By Gwen Ridler

Dale Farm, the Northern Ireland-based dairy cooperative, has become an ingredients supplier for infant formula products for the first time as part of a major supply partnership with dairy processor Arla Foods.

JPL planned to open a US site in 2022. Pictured: Founder Jake Lavelle

JPL Flavours sets sights on US expansion.

By Gwen Ridler

Cheshire-based flavours manufacturer JPL Flavours has revealed plans to open a US facility in 2022, as part of its continuing expansion in the UK and abroad.

Criticisms of ultra-processed foods could demonise healthy foods within the category

Ultra-processed food report risks demonising healthy options: BNF

By Gwen Ridler

Claims that excess consumption of ‘ultra-processed’ foods lead to health issues and obesity in children risk overshadowing other dietary risks and demonising some healthier food options, according to the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF).

Tiago Figueiredo talks ingredients and new product development trends

Ask the Expert, in collaboration with the Institute of Food Science & Technology

Ask The Expert: NPD and technology trends in bakery

By Tiago Figueiredo FIFST

In this Ask The Expert, we pick the brains of milling and bakery consultant Tiago Figueiredo about ingredient and new product development trends.

Buttriss: 'More needs to be done to help people make decisions about processed food purchases'

Nutrition opinion

Processed food dilemma

By by Judy Buttriss

Even at home, few of the foods we prepare are unprocessed.

Nestlé has acquired health and nutrition firm The Bountiful Company

Nestlé announces nutrition deal, but confirms 573 job cuts

By Gwen Ridler

Nestlé has agreed to acquire The Bountiful Company’s core health and nutrition brands in a deal worth $5.75bn (£4.09bn), while confirming hundreds of job cuts across its KitKat and Fruit Pastilles factories.

New rules of HFSS foods risk damaging the sports nutrition industry, claimed ESSNA

Sports nutrition at risk from HFSS guidelines

By Gwen Ridler

Poorly defined restrictions on products high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) in the Government’s obesity regulation efforts could risk damaging the sport nutrition industry, the European Specialist Sport Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) claims.